Pablo Picasso and his paintings
In terms of 20th century art, and the movements that occurred over this period, Pablo Picasso is probably the most important figure of the period. To say that Pablo Picasso conquered western art is, by today, the merest
usual place. Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. There had been no other artists, prior to Picasso, who had
such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike, as he did.
Pablo Picasso was born in Magala, Span, in 1881, and had created a mass collection of works during the extensive course of his career. In fact, by the time he died in France, in 1973, over 22,000 pieces of his work had been found. These pieces included paintings, sculpture work, and a series of graphic design work which he had created over the course of his career. Over the extensive career, Picasso had a hand in every art form and movement that came through, during the 20th century. Not only that, he also co-founded cubism, which was one of the most popular movements during the 20th century, and was what he was most well known for with most of the works he created.
At the age of 15, Picasso was allowed to enroll in the advanced class of art, at the Royal Academy of Art, located in Barcelona. The creative style, and distinct art form he created, was seen in may of his early pieces,
including The Old Woman, which was a 1901 piece. For a majority of his life, Picasso lived in France; in fact, he
moved to Paris in 1904, where he remained until 1947, and made the move to Southern France.
The waves of creation for Picasso's work, are described as different perionds. From 1901-1904, the Blue Period, he created images which depicted a poor world. Much of the work was in dark, somber, and blue tones, which is why the pieces were coined under this title. The Rose Period followed, from 1905 to 1906; lighter palettes were used, and a more circus like, and jubilant style, were seen in many of the pieces he created. During the following years, Picasso had attracted many famous artists to visit his studio in France; not only did he work with these artists, he learned from them. And, during this period, he also began to develop creative sculpture work, to transition into a new style of art.
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was created in 1907, which was a great transition from the previous works Pablo Picasso had created, and a general departure from traditional art in general. This piece was one of the first of the cubism movement, and one of the first pieces into the world of modern art that he created during his illustrious career. He also created the Standing Female Nude (1910), which depicted the distinct style, shift, and distinct shapes, which had never been seen in the art world prior to this early work which he developed, along with Georges Braque and Gris.
During the 1920s, much of the work Picasso did drew on classic themes, and large, monumental style nudes. His pieces became more of an interpretation, as opposed to work that represented anything that was going on in reality, or the lives of the pieces he depicted. In 1937, following the bombing in Guernica, the artist produced a piece with this title (Guernica). It was done to showcase his support towards ending war, and a condemnation on fascism in general. The series that followed this piece, and profits earner from this "war" piece, were given to help in the Republican movement during the 1930s. Guernica was not only a practical report or painting but also stays as a highly powerful political picture in modern art, rivaled by certain Mexican paintings of Diego Rivera.
Comical and fantasy were the types of work that Picasso focused on, as his career moved forward, and as he drew closer to the end of his career. Graphic arts, ceramics, and sculpture work, were the methods that he drew on most, as opposed to painting and etched works, which were the predominant choices early on in his career. During this time, he produced thousands of stage designs, illustrations, and a series of drawings, which represented these themes, and distinct styles which he was focusing on during this period of his life.
During this time, Picasso also focused on creating variations on different pieces, that were first created by other famous artists. Some of the works were initially created by Velazquez, and he also redesigned works which were initially introduced by Delacroix to the art world. Some of the most notable works he did during the end of his career, include The Rape of the Sabine Women and Naked Woman on the beach and Shovel. Many of these pieces are still influential in the art world today; and, in fact, due to the vision and distinct creative style, are still among some of the most innovative pieces which have been introduced to the art world, even during recent years.
Although much of the work he created later in his career, were representative of a change in style, and new art form to follow, Pablo Picasso always created with a sense of vigor, and his own distinct style, regardless of what other artists were doing. His passion, and distinct style, along with the fact that he created pieces that were well ahead of his time, are some of the reasons why he is still regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and by many, the greatest artists throughout history. Not only did he introduce a series of works during his illustrious career, he is also the first artist to take a step towards modern art, and to have a hand in all of the art movements that followed him during the 20th century in the art world.
Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth” - Pablo Picasso